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Factors influencing fatigue among mothers with hospitalized children: A structural equation model

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Author(s)
김혜영
Alternative Author(s)
Kim, Hye Young
Publication Year
2017
Keyword
anxietychildfatiguehospitalizedmotherspediatric nursing
Abstract
1 Purpose

The aim of this study was to identify the physiological, psychological, and situational factors affecting fatigue among mothers of hospitalized children.


2 Design and Methods

This study used a cross‐sectional descriptive design with a self‐report questionnaire. Participants were 211 mothers with children younger than 6 years old who were admitted to general hospitals. Based on the theory of unpleasant symptoms, the physiological, psychological, and situational factors were tested using structural equation modeling.


3 Results

Mothers’ fatigue was influenced by physiological (β = .24), situational, and psychological factors (β = .17), and situational (β = .37) factors such as the mother's sleeping hours, the child's adaptation to hospitalization, anxiety and having support with their housework. These three factors explained 31.34% of the variance in fatigue. In particular, it was found that the psychological factors exacerbate the negative influence of the situational factors on fatigue. Moreover, the situational factors were most strongly related to mothers’ fatigue, and they had an indirect effect via the psychological factors as a mediator.


4 Practice Implications

It is necessary to implement a nursing intervention that targets the controllable factors such as anxiety and children's adaptation to hospitalization that were identified in this study. Pediatric nursing care should not be limited to treating children's illnesses, but should be extended to providing family‐centered care.
Department
Dept. of Nursing (간호학)
Publisher
College of Nursing
Citation
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, Vol.22(1) : e12171-e12171, 2017
Type
Article
ISSN
1539-0136
DOI
10.1111/jspn.12171
URI
http://kumel.medlib.dsmc.or.kr/handle/2015.oak/32786
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